Mirabilis multiflora

Colorado Four O'clock

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 2' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Colorado four o’clock grows in hot, dry locations throughout the deserts of the Southwest. In California, it grows in the Sonoran, Mojave and San Joaquin Deserts. After winter dormancy, the plant sends up many shoots of oppositely arranged, gray-green leaves to form a low mound. Around May the blooms appear in an explosion of ornate magenta. All the plants in the Four O’clock family bloom at the end of the day. Colorado four o’clock develops a deep tap root and is quite drought tolerant once established. Plant in a sunny site with well-draining soil.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen